Churches of all kinds

The White Horse Inn in Sutton near Petworth, was a lovely country pub with obviously a lot of history.  Breakfast was substantially delicious and set us up for the day.  The Landlord told us to take a different route towards Winchester rather than the suggested GPS route.  So again we headed off through narrow country lanes across some lovely countryside and through some very pretty villages. 

We both made the observation that the English countryside is really what we expected to see, due probably to reading lots of books over the years which accurately describe village life and the countryside.

After Winchester we headed across country to Salisbury where we went to the cathedral.  We have seen the odd church or two on our travels, even if not being of religious persuasion, however it was a pleasant surprise to go inside this cathedral and see some wonderful architecture, without all the “bling”.   No photography was allowed within the cathedral nor in the area where the copy of the Magna Carta is kept, so here are some exterior shots and we bought booklets showing the interior and Magna Carta

salisbury 3Gate entrance to the Cathedral surrounds

salisbury 2Salisbury Cathedral

salisbury 4The spire from within the cloisters

cloister archesThe cloisters ceiling

salisbury 1The southern entrance

salisbury 5View across the cloisters

After wandering through we headed off round the grounds.  Roy decided to check out the town for a camera shop, Bernice was very sceptical that anything would be open being Sunday plus with it being New Year weekend.  However, Roy did find a shop, and purchased a new camera to replace the one with the damaged screen.

fishingCoarse fishing in the middle of Salisbury

shop 1Old half timbered buildings are quite common in the centre

shop 2This one has somewhat of a wavy floor level above the ground level

shop 3Here is a typical overhanging building stepped out across the street at two levels

doubleDoubledecker buses are the norm in Salisbury

That done, we then headed off to Old Sarum where we saw the ruins of the first Salisbury cathedral.

sarum 2This is a model displayed at Salisbury showing Old Sarum in it’s prime

Having set the GPS we arrived in the middle of nowhere with no indication of an entrance and confronted by a steep public walking track leading up a hill.  Roy  took to the hill and on arrival at the top found himself confronted by a very steep deep ditch.  Walked around a reasonable distance and found someone on the other side taking pictures, much arm waving and yelling later was pointed in the right direction

outer ditchOuter ditch

pigsView from the heights of large pig farm next to Old Sarum

sarum 8Entrance sign

sarum 6Entrance to ineer area where the King’s castle was

ditch  Ditch over which the entrance bridge passed

sarum 1The site was well documented with these information boards throughout the site

bernice  Bernice with her new camera

roy 1Bernice’s picture

 

sarum 3Cathedral comments

sarum 4Residual outline of the cathedral

Then it was off to Stonehenge, which is possibly another church, for our third of the day!  First impressions were that it was much smaller, in area,  than one imagines.  Notwithstanding that comment the whole site is very impressive.  The audio commentary was well done and gave a good overview.

henge 7 Stonehenge

royListening to the commentary

henge 2Bernice chilled

henge 1 Close up from a different angle                 

However if you really want to get an appreciation of what Stonehenges are all about, and a very good introduction to the astronomical significance, then, we strongly recommend a visit to the New Zealand Stonehenge in the Wairarapa.  This provides a much better experience as far as information is concerned.

We wandered around the site for some time before we headed off to our accommodation for the evening, The Fox Inn at Ansty.  .

trafficTraffic returning toward London at the end of the New Year break

We are not sure if some of you have noticed that we have actively sought out accommodation away from major cities where possible, and in the countryside as much as possible.  This has led us down some very very narrow country lanes, many having signs stating the maximum width of the road, usually around 6 feet 6 inches!

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